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Beauty and Wellness Corner with Kelly: Finding the Perfect Shade of Red Lipstick

Photo courtesy of Kelly Monroe.

Let’s debunk a popular myth. I often hear ladies say that they would love to wear a red lipstick, but red just doesn’t look right on them.

The truth is, everyone can pull off red lipstick. But the trick is finding the right tone and formula that suits your skin, hair color, and personal style.

Every makeup bag should have a lipstick that gives you an instant classic and swoon-worthy look. You may have to try ten reds before you find a red worth falling for, but trust me, it is well worth it.

Read Merle Norman’s guide to finding the perfect shade, and then put on some red lipstick and live a little.


  • For light complexions, go for yellow with coral or pink-red. Recommended lips colors from Merle Norman are: Lips Glaze in Popsicle Red; Creamy Lip colors in Cherry on Top and Age Defying; and Lipcolor in Coral Rust.
  • If you’re in the middle, try berry-reds with cool undertones such as Creamy Lip color in Cranberry; Lip Pencil plus in Bistro Berry, or Lip Polish in Poison Apple, all of which are from Merle Norman.
  • If you have a darker skin tone, choose something rich with a burgundy undertone like Age Defying Lip color in Heartthrob; Age Defying Lip color in Claret Crème, or Lip Pencil Plus in Rich Burgundy from Merle Norman.


  • If you are new to bold lipstick, opt for a sheer formula for a not so intense pop of color like the Merle Norman Lip Glaze.
  • For bold color without the shine, choose matte lip colors.
  • For an intense statement, go for shiny formulas like the Kiss and Hug Lipcolor.
  • Bonus tip: For a fail-proof perfectly lined pout, instead of trying to make one perfect line, make several small dashes and then connect them.

Do you have a beauty or wellness question, trend, or topic you would like to see discussed? Email Kelly at mnrockingham@gmail.com


Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and information in this article are solely those of the writer based on personal research and experience and are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The writer is not responsible for your use of the information contained or linked from this article.

Kelly Monroe

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